Contributors: W. Barnett Pearce, Stephen E. Lucas, Donal Carbaugh, Molefi Kete Asante, Everett M. Rogers, William B Hart, Roderick P. Hart Jr., and Julia T. Wood.

Changing Relationships, Changing Conversations

Changing relationships, changing conversations
Julia T.Wood University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Over the 22 years I've been teaching, my students have taught me—and that, so often, is the direction in which education flows—that stories are powerful teaching tools. The lesson my students have labored to impress on me is reflected in the form of this chapter. I begin with four short stories of misunderstandings in communication that arise because of differences in race-ethnicity and gender. From there I move into a more general discussion of diversity in communication and responses to it. Then, coming full circle, I devote the final portion of the chapter to recounting a few more stories that animate theoretical and empirical scholarship on diversity in human communication and ...

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